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Crazy For You - UK Tour

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Gershwin Musical With Two Strictly Come Dancing Winners
Romantic Gershwin musical Crazy For You is on a new UK tour and hot-footing it along the way will be a pair of Strictly Come Dancing winners.

Crazy For You, Tom Chambers, UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tom Chambers stars in Crazy For You


Strictly champion Tom Chambers will lead the new production, which also stars another of the BBC show's winners - Caroline Flack - making her stage debut.

Crazy For You is a feel-good, glamorous musical that has an easily recognisable score from the Gershwin brothers. Unforgettable songs like I Got Rhythm, They Can't Take That Away From Me and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Focusing on the troubled love story between Bobby, the son of a wealthy New York banking family, and Polly, the daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Nevada, the plot features mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and romance in this acclaimed production by the Watermill Theatre.

Crazy For You, Tom Chambers, UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome
Romance and heartbreak are in the plot for Crazy For You


Chambers plays the lead role of wealthy Bobby who is sent to close down the theatre but ends up falling for the owner's daughter Polly, even though he is engaged to Irene. Taking on the guise of a Hungarian impresario, Bobby plans to save the theatre by putting on a show and winning the girl of his dreams.

The Crazy For You tour will visit theatres nationwide including Birmingham Hippodrome , Glasgow King's Theatre, Manchester Opera House and Liverpool Empire during its tour from August 17 to December 9.

Crazy For You, Tom Chambers, UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome
The show was first performed at the Watermill Theatre


Chambers is no stranger to the role as he played Bobby in this production during its opening hit season at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Since Strictly Come Dancing, the former Casualty actor has become a regular on stage, playing the leads in the successful West End musical Top Hat and a tour of Noel Coward's Private Lives, when he gave an interview to Weekend Notes in Birmingham about life in the theatre.

Meanwhile, television presenter Flack is just starting out in theatre and is playing a supporting role of Irene in her first stage production.

There's a strong creative team behind the show as Crazy For You is directed by The Watermill's Artistic Director Paul Hart and has musical arrangements by Catherine Jayes, who worked on The Color Purple in Broadway. The show is choreographed by Nathan M. Wright, whose other work has included High Society at The Old Vic, while the set is designed by Diego Pitarch, who has also worked on The Addams Family.

Crazy For You - UK and Ireland Tour Dates
Tickets cost from £17 from the theatres below or visit the Crazy For You website.

17 - 26 August - PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal
01752 267222

29 August - 2 September - LEEDS Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700

5 - 9 September - CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464

12 - 16 September - NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21

19 - 23 September - DUBLIN Bord Gais Energy Theatre
353 (0) 1 677 7770

26 - 30 September - SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
01702 351135

3 - 7 October - NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555

10 - 14 October - BRISTOL Hippodrome
0844 871 3012

17 - 21 October - GLASGOW Kings Theatre
0844 871 7648

24 - 28 October - BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 or visit the Hippodrome website.

31 October - 4 November - NORWICH Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00

7 - 11 November - SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000

21 - 25 November - SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower
02380 711811

28 November - 2 December - MANCHESTER Opera House
0844 871 3018

5 - 9 December - LIVERPOOL Empire
0844 871 3017
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Why? Tour of a classic romantic musical with Gershwin songs
When: Touring August - December 2017
Phone: Birmingham Hippodrome - 0844 338 5000. Also other theatres, see list
Where: UK Tour including Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: From £17
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